Nothing but the truth!

Do we know to praise ourselves, or we rather just magnify our shortcomings? Listen to this cute short story:

The Dallas Morning News tells about Frank Szymansky, a Notre Dame (an American football team) center in the 1940’s, who had been called as a witness in a civil suit.

“Are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?’ the judge asked.
“Yes, Your Honor.”
“What position?”
“Center, Your Honor.”
“How good a center?”
Szymanski squirmed in his seat, but said firmly: “Sir, I’m the best center Notre Dame has ever had.”

Coach Frank Leahy, who was in the courtroom, was surprised. Szymanski always had been modest and unassuming. So when the proceedings were over, he took Szymanski aside and asked why he had made such a statement. Szymanski blushed.

“I hated to do it, coach,” he said. “But, after all, I was under oath.”

 (From the Dallas Morning News, as stated in a book “Chicken soup for the soul” by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen)

And why shouldn’t we compliment ourselves and remind ourselves what we are good at? Do we really have to wait until we talk under oath?

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Shuka, Thursday, January 29, 2009

(And to my Chinese friends – Happy Spring Festival and Happy New Year!)

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